5 day course about Perspectives on a Changing Arctic – University of Copenhagen

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Perspectives on a Changing Arctic

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Discover the latest trends and issues in the development of the Arctic Region and learn how to separate media hype from actual scenarios. The importance of the Arctic Region is increasing - and so is the need for interaction between the Arctic countries and the outside world.

What you will learn‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Up to now, the Arctic has been perceived merely as a barometer documenting the downward spiral of climate change. However, the role of the Region is now changing. The Arctic countries are gaining economic, ecological and political influence, and the Arctic Region is key to ensuring harmonious and sustainable growth for the world through its natural as well as societal resources. The course is based on the latest research and knowledge and covers the main themes influencing the development of the Arctic Region. Much of the research in the region has focused very much on Greenland and this will also be the case for this course. The course will enable you to analyse the complex international interactions taking place in the Arctic Region, and it will provide you with a firm platform for interacting with Arctic stakeholders. Furthermore, we will set up a framework for a new understanding of how the Arctic will become a key player on the global stage in the future. This role is closely linked to the way natural resources were originally formed and how they are being altered as a consequence of the changing climate.

The course will:

  • Give you an overview of the political, economic  and social development in the Arctic countries and of the Arctic as part of the global scene 
  • Provide you with the latest knowledge about the industrial potential and investment opportunities in relation to the natural resources of the Arctic Region 
  • Enable you to identify realistic scenarios for sustainable growth in the Arctic Region

Course Content

‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ The course consists of lectures, shorter talks by guest lecturers and workshops where participants prepare for plenary discussions and share their own experiences of Arctic challenges and opportunities. The course will also consist of field trips where you will get a unique behind-the-scenes peek at a range of unique research facilities and collections, which are rarely open to the public.

- Themes will include:
People. The Arctic Region is home to 4 million people. Who are they and what kind of resources do they represent? 
Natural resources. How was the Arctic landscape shaped and how is it changing? What kind of potential is there for creating sustainable growth, based on living resources as well as raw materials?  
Economics. Where is the money in the Arctic and what are the realistic investment opportunities? How are the hopes and dreams of economic development related to the rest of the world and to the political trends in the Arctic Region? 
Politics. How will the politics of the Arctic region develop in the future? How do the Arctic countries operate on the global stage? How will Russian and Asian interests influence the political dynamics of the Arctic region?


The course is aimed at people who are dealing - or will be dealing - with the Arctic Region either regularly or occasionally and who need to know about current developments, trends and future opportunities for the Arctic.

Course Dates

5 days, August 20 - 24, 2018, 9:00 – 16:30 at the  University of Copenhagen, Søndre Campus.

Course Director 

Minik T. Rosing, Professor, Natural History Museum of Denmark/Greenland Perspective,  University of Copenhagen.

Other Course Teachers

Katherine Richardson, Professor, Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen
Peter Stougaard, Associate Professor, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Microbial Ecology and Biotechnology, University of Copenhagen
Mogens Humlekrog Greve, Senior Scientist, Institute of Agroecology at the Research Centre Foulum at the University of Aarhus
Stefan Bernstein, Department of Petrology and Economic Geology, GEUS
Kuupik V. Kleist, former Premier of Greenland, Advisor for Inuit Circumpolar Council
Lida Skifte Lennert, Head of the Greenlandic Representation in Denmark
Geir Helgesen, Director at Nordic Institute of Asian Studies.

Course Fee

EUR 2,680/DKK 19,900 excl. Danish VAT. Fee includes teaching, course materials and all meals during the course.‬‬‬‬